A study carried out by the Department of Health has found that half of all children living in England have tooth decay or are in danger of suffering from it.
The study classified the children into 3 groups – red, amber and green, with red being the seriously damaged oral health group. The Department of Health found that 50% of children by the time they turned 17 were either in the red or amber groups.
Interestingly, the investigation also looked at adult oral health and found that only 16% fell in the green group.
Speaking with reporters, one paediatric dentist stated that studies suggest children who eat and drink between meals are likelier to suffer from tooth decay.
Dr. Stephen Fayle also added that parents believe they are giving their children healthy drinks between meals, but in fact they can cause a lot more harm.
Although the statistics are in themselves shocking, the chief dental officer for England, Barry Cockcroft believes they are not that remarkable in the grand global scheme of things.
He pointed out that no other country has reported lower statistics. He also said the American Centre for Disease Control & Prevention has found dental disease in American children (6-19) is the most common condition.
Oral health in general is also undergoing some remarkable advances. So, while it is disappointing that some 30,000 British children are hospitalised with tooth decay each year, over time specialists believe with proper, advice, training and help, this figure will reduce.